Janeane Garofalo Makes Excuses For Libtalk Failures
Garofalo: Air America Too Nice To Succeed
Emerging from her cave for an increasingly-rare public appearance, Hollyweirdo Janeane Garofalo used part of a visit with Rosie O'Donnell to share her theories on the failure of Air America Radio.
Is it really possible that her former employer's network collapsed partly as a result of being too kind? That's part of Janeane's amusing theory, one which conveniently omits stealing money from a children's charity (AAR management), calling Hillary Clinton "a f---ing whore" (Randi Rhodes), referring to virtually any political opponent as a "Nazi" (the entire staff) and turning a radio talk show into a Scientology infomercial (Janeane herself!). Yes, what a nice bunch.
Here's the clip and partial transcript:
ROSIE O'DONNELL - ROSIE RADIO (1:05:38): Why is it often that liberal-backed causes don't seem to have the organizational infrastructure that all of these right-wing radical groups have?
GAROFALO: I would assume there's a couple of reasons: the right-wing radicals are fueled by greed, hate, a domineering attitude, and the will to power that may translate into a type of success. In [Air America's] case, you ha[d] a lot of much kinder people working at something they hadn't done before.
GAROFALO (1:09:12): It's a shame that [Air America] didn't thrive because it was desperately needed. Right-wing talk radio makes me soul-sick. [It] makes me sick. I was eager to get involved [with Air America] because at the time, especially from the stolen election of 2000 onward something ha[d] to happen.
O'DONNELL (1:10:21): [The media are] all corporately owned [now]. When we were in elementary school, we were taught [that] in Russia, where they have Communism, there's only two TV stations. One is the state-owned TV station, and the other station just has a loop saying, 'You better be watching [the first] station.' That's almost what it's become.
GAROFALO: In the last thirty, forty years, after Watergate, after Vietnam, there was a concerted effort by the right-wing's powers that be in this country, in the military-industrial complex, to make sure that people power couldn't be as effective and that there would not be a Walter Cronkite or a Woodward and Bernstein.
GAROFALO (1:11:41): Cheney and Rumsfeld came in with Ford, and they had years and years to make sure [that] what happened. They stole the election of 2000, they stole the election of 2004. That is not tinfoil-hat-time conspiracy. That is just powerful people consolidating power. [It] happens in every country in every era.
GAROFALO (1:13:36): The other face of racism has now really, really come to the fore in this country. The Republican party has now morphed into a National Front, basically, similar to Britain's Nationalist [sic] Front. The teabaggers that is racism, pure and simple.If you cannot see that those so-called teabaggers are straight-up racist, then you're not paying attention.
GAROFALO (1:18:09): You don't need a fact to know when there's racism. You don't need a fact to know when there's gay-bashing going on. You don't need a fact to know when there's an illegal and immoral war going on. That is just a real thing that's happening, and [is] not debatable. There are some things that are true. Torture is wrong in the same way that the racism issue and the gay-bashing issue is not up for debate, yet we still insist on indulging these [conservatives].
Also notable here is the especially obnoxious tone taken by Garofalo, making her already-abrasive personality that much tougher to take.
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